Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: Pikey Peak (4067m)

Highlights

  • Stunning view of snow-capped mountains like Everest Himalayan ranges, Thamserku, Kanchenjunga, Numbur, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Dhaulagiri from Pikey Peak
  • Climb to  Pikey Peak View Point (4067m)
  • Dense Rhododendron forests in Spring season
  • Yak Cheese factory
  • Experience the Sherpa Culture

Description

The Pikey Peak Trek, located in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, offers trekkers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and panoramic mountain views. This trek is named after the sacred Pikey Peak (4,065 meters), which holds significant cultural and spiritual importance for the local Sherpa community. The Pikey Peak Trek provides an alternative to the more crowded Everest Base Camp route, promising serenity and unspoiled landscapes.

The Pikey Peak Trek typically spans 5-7 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and starting point. A common route begins at Phaplu, passing through villages like Chyangba, Jhapre, and Junbesi before reaching Pikey Peak. Each day's trek offers diverse landscapes, from terraced fields to alpine forests, culminating in the majestic views from the peak.

The region is rich in biodiversity, with opportunities to spot various species of birds, including the vibrant Danphe (Himalayan Monal), Nepal's national bird. The forests are home to Himalayan flora such as rhododendrons, magnolias, and pine trees. Nature enthusiasts can explore these diverse ecosystems and enjoy the tranquility of the natural surroundings.

Why Choose Pikey Peak Trek?

Choosing the Pikey Peak Trek means opting for a less commercialized path with equally stunning vistas of the Himalayan range, including views of Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Annapurna. It is ideal for trekkers seeking a quieter, more intimate experience with nature and local culture. The trek is also relatively shorter and less demanding, making it accessible to a wider range of trekking enthusiasts.

Historical Background of the Region

The Solu-Khumbu region, home to the legendary Sherpas, has a rich history intertwined with mountaineering and Buddhism. The area became globally known after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. The Pikey Peak region, in particular, has been a spiritual site for the Sherpas, with its name derived from the local deity, Pikey, representing the sky and the weather.

Geographical Information

Location and Accessibility

Pikey Peak is situated in the lower Everest region, specifically in the Solu-Khumbu district. The trek usually starts from either Jiri or Phaplu. The most common route begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu, followed by a trek through various Sherpa villages, forests, and ridges leading to the summit of Pikey Peak.

Climate and Best Times to Visit

The best time to start on the Pikey Peak Trek is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering unobstructed views of the mountains. The climate ranges from mild to cold, depending on the altitude and time of year, with temperatures varying significantly between day and night.

Also Read: Nepal Trekking Temperature Month by Month

Cultural Insights

Local Customs and Traditions

The Sherpa community, predominant in the Solu-Khumbu region, is known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage. Trekkers will experience traditional Sherpa customs, including their unique attire, architecture, and age-old practices. It is customary to greet with "Tashi Delek" and show respect to the local deities and cultural symbols, such as mani walls and chortens (Buddhist shrines).

Festivals and Events

Several festivals enliven the Pikey Peak region, with Mani Rimdu and Lhosar being the most prominent. Mani Rimdu, celebrated in November, is a significant Buddhist festival featuring masked dances and rituals performed by monks at monasteries like Thupten Chholing. Lhosar, the Sherpa New Year, is marked by vibrant celebrations, traditional dances, and communal feasts, providing trekkers with an immersive cultural experience.

Must-Visit Attractions

Pikey Peak Summit

The highlight of the trek is reaching the summit of Pikey Peak, where trekkers are rewarded with a 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas. The sunrise and sunset views from the peak are particularly breathtaking, with the golden hues illuminating the towering snow-capped peaks.

Junbesi Village

Junbesi, one of the most charming villages on the trek, is known for its ancient monasteries and picturesque landscapes. Trekkers can visit the 17th-century Thubten Chholing Monastery and interact with the local monks, gaining insights into the spiritual life of the Sherpa people.

Thupten Chholing Monastery

This monastery, founded by Trulshik Rinpoche in the 1960s, is an important center of learning and meditation. It houses several hundred monks and nuns and offers a peaceful retreat for those interested in Buddhist practices. The architecture and serene environment make it a must-visit on the trek.

Other Side Trips

Other notable attractions include the breathtaking landscapes of Taktor, the lush rhododendron forests of Lamjura La, and the serene Beni village. Each location offers unique experiences and insights into the region's natural and cultural beauty.

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation along the Pikey Peak Trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. Most teahouses offer essential amenities like meals, hot showers, and cozy beds. It is advisable to carry a warm sleeping bag, as temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes. Teahouses and lodges along the trek serve a variety of meals, ranging from traditional Nepali food to international dishes like pasta and pancakes. Junbesi and other larger villages have well-known eateries where trekkers can enjoy hearty meals after a long day of trekking.

Transportation Options

The trek can be accessed via a flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu, followed by a trek to Pikey Peak. Alternatively, travelers can take a road trip to Jiri and start the trek from there. Local transportation options include jeeps and buses, which connect major villages along the route.

Packing List

Essential items for the trek include trekking boots, warm clothing (layers), a rain jacket, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and trekking poles. A good quality backpack and a hydration system are also crucial. Trekkers should pack light but ensure they have all necessary gear to handle varying weather conditions.

The Pikey Peak Trek is a rewarding journey that combines stunning natural beauty with rich cultural experiences. It is an excellent choice for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure with manageable physical challenges.

7 Days Pikey Peak Trek Itinerary

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Early morning after breakfast, we will take a sharing jeep to Dhap Bazaar. To reach today's destination, it will take 7-8 hours, the road follows the Sunkoshi River and Tama Koshi River. We will stop at Ghurmi, a small village where we will have a typical Nepali food for lunch. After 3 hours, we will reach to Dhap Bazaar. You can explore the local lifestyle of the local village - Dhap. Overnight at Teahouse. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2932m

Today, you will walk through a dry and easy path which you will lead you to Sigane. From Kadeni, it will take you around 4-5 hours to reach the village of Jhapre. Walking along the bumpy routes, you will come across several wild orchids and astonishing landscapes of the Solu Okhaldhunga border.

You will observe the local farm life of the villagers and walk further west to reach Jhapre. Jhapre is a moderately sized farm village where you will come across many vantage points which will give you grand views of Mount Everest and Numbur Himal.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2815m

From Jhapre, the trail today involves climbing through a Lamje Danda to reach Lamuje. As you reach Lamuje, the trail splits into two different directions where you will follow the right direction towards the Pikey Peak.

As you trek, you will leave behind the farm villages and settlements of the local people and enter into a dense forest of rhododendron, pine and fir trees. You will pass through some Mani stonewalls and yak herder's houses and then move towards Toriphule Danda. From here, you will walk for about two hours to reach the Pikey Peak Base Camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3640m

Early in the morning, you will start walking uphill towards the deep forest areas along with the views of snow-capped mountains. The trail mostly involves climbing stone stairs with more wider views of the region. You will continue walking with some breaks in between for refreshments. After walking for about 4 hours from here, you will reach to the most awaited destination of your trip, Pikey Peak.

Reaching on the top of Pikey Peak is both adventurous and exciting at the same time. It is the highest point of the entire trek that stands at an altitude of 4032 meters. The top of the peak offers you with the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges along with sunrise views over the mountains. Along with this, the top of the peak rewards you with magnificent views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Gauri Sankar, Numbur and many more.

After exploring the spectacular views from the top of Pikey Peak, you will head back on a downhill trail to Kande.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3500m

The final destination for today is Junbensi. From Kande, you will take a downhill trail along the dense forest of coniferous. You will cross Lamjura La. En route, you could see closer views of Mount Everest, Numbur Himal and many more.

The route will then take you towards Taktor village from where you will walk along the Buddhist prayer walls and reach to a village of Junbesi. On reaching Junbesi, you will visit the Junbesi monastery, Hillary Schools, and Sherpa village.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2675m

After exploring the Sherpa Village of Junbesi, you will now head towards the main trail of Solu at Phaplu. It will take you around 5 hours to reach Phaplu from Junbesi. Walking through the beautiful village along with the scenic views of the mountains, you will finally reach Phaplu.

Phaplu is the place from where you will take your flight to Kathmandu. On reaching Phaplu, you will stay in a local Sherpa lodge where you will spend your night.

Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2413m

Today is the last day of your Pikey Peak Trek. In the morning, you will take a drive to Kathmandu from Phaplu. It will take you around 7-8 hours to reach Kathmandu. You will transfer to your hotel.  

  • Altitude: 1320m

Trip Map

7 Days Pikey Peak Trek map

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • 6 Nights Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Sharing Jeep (Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar)
  • Sharing Jeep (Phaplu to Kathmandu)
  • 1 English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • Use of sleeping bag & Duffel bag (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • All Necessary Trekking Permits
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Optional

Kathmandu To Dhap Private jeep USD 150$ Per Transfer

Phaplu To Kathmandu Private Jeep USD 200$ Per Transfer

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu Twin Sharing ON BB USD 60$ Per Night

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
30 May, 2024 - 05 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUS$750

Useful Information

Best Season for Pikey Peak Trek

Autumn and Spring are the Best time of the year for Pike peak trek. The trek is also doable during winter and monsoon season. However, the unfavorable weather and temperature of the Everest region during winter and monsoon season can become a barrier during the trek. So the choice is really yours whether you want a challenging and demanding trekking experience during winter and monsoon or a comfortable trekking experience during autumn and spring season.

Autumn that falls in the month of September, October, and November has always been the priority when it comes to trekking. Autumn is the season of festivals in Nepal and time for celebration. It is post-monsoon season due to which you can expect minimum rainfall in the region. Overall, autumn offers trekkers with favorable weather and temperature for trekking. The weather is usually stable and transparent due to which you will have greater visibility of the mountain ranges.  

Spring is mostly sorted out by nature lovers. The lower regions of the Pikey peak trek constitutes lush jungles of Rhododendron and others. In Spring, you will see the attractive and colorful flowers of Rhododendrons blooming all over the trail. Along with that, weather and temperature remain calm and stable in Spring.

With adequate gears and proper planning, you can do this trek all year round. Make your mind to go and remember us. We will organize the best Pikey peak trek for you.

So, if you are someone who wants to challenge yourself and test your limits, trekking during winter and monsoon can be the best option for you. But, for beginner trekkers, I would recommend you to for either Spring or Autumn season which will give you a comfortable trekking experience.

Difficulties During Pikey Peak Trek

  • You will be trekking to altitudes higher than 4000 meters. So, while trekking to Pikey peak, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Be more careful, drink plenty of water. Walk slowly in your own pace. Doing this will help to avoid altitude sickness.
  • The trek becomes hard if the weather deteriorated while you are at the high altitudes. You cannot believe clear skies, and they can turn grey at seconds. Be careful. Keep information on the weather patterns in the region while you trek.
  • Sometimes, the trek becomes difficult due to lack of proper and adequate trekking gears. Remember, you are going to the Himalayas. Anything can happen. So, make sure you take everything that is necessary. You can take a look at packing lists for trekking in Nepal for help.
  • Remote trails and some tough sections. You are going to a highly remote place in Nepal. So, you will have to walk in a rugged and challenging trail. Train your mind and body to be ready adapting with the remoteness.